Atlanta Hawks’ winning streak snapped by Pacers, 93-87


The Atlanta Hawks have their six-game winning streak snapped at Bankers Life Fieldhouse by the Indiana Pacers Monday night, 93-87.

The Atlanta Hawks kept this game close despite turning the basketball over 22 times due in large part to some questionable shooting decisions by the Indiana Pacers in the fourth quarter. However, the Atlanta Hawks could not generate enough offense to keep their winning streak intact, as the Hawks fell to the Pacers Monday night, 93-87 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Neither team shot the basketball particularly well Monday night. Atlanta was .419 from the field, .240 from three, and .760 at the free throw line. Indiana shot .437 from the field, .269 from three, and a miserable .556 from the charity stripe.

It truly was Atlanta’s carelessness with the basketball that did the Hawks in on Monday night. Usually the Pacers are the team to cough up the basketball. Frank Vogel’s team is great defensively, but often turn the ball over on offense.

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Atlanta actually out rebounded Indiana in this game 54-52, but losing the turnover battle 22-15 proved too costly. While he had 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists in his homecoming, Indianapolis native and Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague had a game-high six turnovers. Much of this came as Dennis Schroder was largely in effective in his 11 minutes and 44 seconds of playing time Monday night.

While Atlanta’s backcourt was ice-cold on Monday night, Paul Millsap and Thabo Sefolosha played hard to keep the Atlanta Hawks in this game to the final minute of regulation. Millsap had a team-high 24 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and two assists. Sefolosha had 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals off the Atlanta bench. Al Horford had a double-double with 10 points and a game-high ten rebounds.

Atlanta was going to lose a game eventually and it isn’t shocking that it came against a strong Eastern Conference foe in the Indiana Pacers on the road. Beating Indiana in Indianapolis is a difficult task for most teams, but the Atlanta Hawks’ ball security issues proved too great for the team to push their winning streak to seven games.

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Atlanta will fly down to Houston after Monday night’s game to get ready for an 8:00 PM ET tipoff at the Toyota Center when the Atlanta Hawks take on James Harden, Dwight Howard and the rest of the Houston Rockets. Houston is at .500 at 16-16 and have dealt with a great deal of turmoil this season, having already fired former head coach Kevin McHale. Perhaps the Atlanta Hawks start a new winning streak Tuesday night in Houston. Let’s Go Hawks!